Prescribed burns planned for Point Pinole

Prescribed burns planned at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, 5551 Giant Hwy.

The East Bay Regional Park District will conduct prescribed burns at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline on Tuesday, June 25 and Friday, June 28, pending favorable weather conditions and approval from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

During the burns, smoke may be visible from Richmond and the Bay.

The park district has been conducting prescribed burns for several years for multiple reasons, including: increased biodiversity, control of noxious weeds, enhanced wildlife habitat, and protection against large damaging wildland fires.

“Minimal water use and ‘dry mop’ techniques will be utilized during the event,” the park district said. “By removing high fuel loads with burning, we will not only remove fire hazards but also increase the restoration of grasslands.”

Along with the prescribed burns, a multi-agency training will feature the park district, the Alameda County Fire Department, Richmond Fire Department, Berkeley Fire Department, and the Piedmont Fire Department.